Three sixth graders who spent the last two years in Ms. Saddler's Brookside Elementary Robotics program are on their way to the FIRST Lego League Robotics championships at Lego Land in December. But they won't be representing one of Beaumont's middle schools. FIRST stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
My daughter, Caitlin, and her friends, Samantha and Aaron, are now part of Calimesa 's Mesa View Middle School's Robotics Team. Yesterday we watched them, along with other former Beaumont Unified students help Mesa View's two robotic teams compete in a 24 team regional competition to be one of eight teams to represent the Inland Empire in Legos' championship event in December.
Mesa View's Mustangs #1 team took first place in robot design and third place in robot performance. The Mustangs #2 team, my daughter's team, a nine member team including four former Beaumont students, took second place in core values. The teams that are the most well rounded in four categories (performance, design, core values and project) were invited to compete in the championships and the Mustangs 2 earned an invite.
I know of at least five students on the two teams whose parents transferred them from Beaumont schools to Mesa View because of MV's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum. I wonder how many more students will have to leave BUSD before the board and administration offer a similar program to stem the brain drain, pun intended.